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Burqa of the year XXX

June 30, 2010

 

Burqa of the year.

NO CONTEST!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

 

 

 


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All-Star Voting Ends Tomorrow

June 30, 2010

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New way of Stealing

June 29, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to read Scene 3. Quite interesting.

This is a new one. People sure stay busy
trying to cheat us, don’t they?    

 
SCENE 1.  
A friend went to the local gym and placed his belongings in the locker. After the workout and a shower, he came out, saw the locker open,

and thought to himself, ‘Funny, I thought I

locked the locker..
 
Hmm, ‘He dressed and just flipped the
wallet to make sure all was in order.
 
Everything looked okay – all cards were in

place..

 
A few weeks later his credit card bill came – a whooping bill of $14,000!
 
He called the credit card company and started yelling at them, saying that he did not  make

the transactions.

 
Customer care personnel verified that
there was no Mistake in the system and asked

if his card had been stolen..  

 
‘No,’ he said, but then took out his
wallet, pulled out the credit card, and yep –

you guessed it – a switch had been made.

 
An expired similar credit card from
the same bank was in the wallet.
 
The thief broke into his locker at the gym and switched cards.
 
Verdict: The credit card issuer said since he

did not report the card missing earlier, he would   have to pay the amount owed to them.

 
How much did he have to pay for items he did not buy?  

 

$9,000! Why were there no calls made to

verify the amount swiped?

Small amounts rarely trigger a ‘warning bell’
with some credit card companies.
It just so happens that all the small amounts added up to big one!  
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SCENE 2.  
A man at a local restaurant paid
for his meal with his credit card.
 
The bill for the meal came, he signed it and the waitress folded the receipt and passed the credit card along.
 
Usually, he would just take it and place it in his wallet or pocket. Funny enough, though, he actually took a look at the card and, lo and behold, it was the expired card of another person.
 
He called the waitress and she looked perplexed.
 
She took it back, apologized, and hurried back to the counter under the watchful eye of the man.
 
All the waitress did while walking to the counter was wave the wrong expired card to the counter cashier, and the counter cashier immediately looked down and took out the real card.
 
No exchange of words — nothing! She took
it and came back to the man with an apology..
 
Verdict:
 
Make sure the credit cards in your wallet are yours.
 
Check the name on the card every time you

sign for something and/or the card is taken
away for even a short period of time.

 
Many people just take back the credit card without even looking at it, ‘assuming’
that it has to be theirs.
 
 
FOR YOUR OWN SAKE, DEVELOP
THE HABIT OF CHECKING YOUR CREDIT CARD EACH TIME IT IS RETURNED TO
YOU AFTER A TRANSACTION!
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SCENE 3:  
Yesterday I went into a pizza restaurant to

pick up an order that I had called in.

 
I paid by using my Visa Check Card which, of
course, is linked directly to my checking
account.
 
The young man behind the counter took my
card, swiped it, then laid it on the counter as

he waited for the approval, which is pretty standard procedure..

 
While he waited, he picked up his cell phone

and started dialing.

 
I noticed the phone because it is the same

model I have, but nothing seemed out of the ordinary. ? Then I heard a click that sounded
like my phone sounds when I take a picture.

 
He then gave me back my card but kept the phone in his hand as if he was still
pressing buttons.
 
Meanwhile, I’m thinking: I wonder what he is taking a picture of, oblivious to what was

really going on.

 
It then dawned on me: the only thing there

was my credit card, so now I’m paying close attention to what he is doing..

 
He set his phone on the counter, leaving it

open.

 
About five seconds later, I heard the chime

that tells you that the picture has been saved.

 
Now I’m standing there struggling with the

fact that this boy just took a picture of my credit   card.

 
Yes, he played it off well, because had we not
had the same kind of phone, I probably would never have known what happened.
 
Needless to say, I immediately cancelled
that card as I was walking out of the pizza
parlor.
 
All I am saying is, be aware of your
surroundings at all times.
 
Whenever you are using   your credit card take caution and don’t be careless.
 
 
Notice who is standing near you and what

they are doing when you use your card.

 
Be aware of phones, because many have a
camera phone these days.
 
 
FORWARD THIS TO AS MANY PEOPLE

AS YOU CAN THINK OF. LET’S GET THE WORD OUT! JUST BE AWARE

Never let your card out of your
sight…..check and check again!  
 
Scary

 

 


 


 


 

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Join Robin’s Campaign Today!

June 29, 2010
Dear Friend,

I’m supporting Robin Carnahan’s campaign for the U.S. Senate and I want you to join me.

I’ve gotten involved with Robin’s campaign because I know she will stand up for Missouri families and demand accountability from Washington. Robin’s experience managing her cattle farm in Rolla, beating breast cancer and her record of taking on big financial institutions show that she won’t back down from the tough fights and will give Missouri the independent voice we need in the Senate.

Please join Robin’s campaign by signing up here: http://www.RobinCarnahan.com/2010. I know she’s a candidate worthy of your support.

Thank you!

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Media Matters: Fox News’ oily sheen

June 26, 2010

Date: Sat, 26 Jun 2010 00:49:19 -0400
From: action@mediamatters.org
Subject: Media Matters: Fox News’ oily sheen

Media Matters for America June 25, 2010
Media Matters: Fox News’ oily sheen
There is a disaster unfolding in America. The Gulf coast has become the scene of one of the greatest tragedies this country has ever seen. Innocent, hard-working people who were guilty of nothing except trying to earn their keep are up against it, their lives and livelihoods threatened by a growing, toxic mess that — with a malignance that seems almost purposeful — destroys everything it touches.
Oh, and there’s an oil spill too.
That, of course, is the posture Fox News has taken towards the Gulf oil disaster, having decided that the real threat to the nation is not the millions of gallons of oil floating on and under the Gulf of Mexico but, rather, the Obama administration’s reaction to the disaster and efforts to hold the culpable parties responsible. And, as you’d expect, such a ridiculous position requires some wild fractures of the truth and an almost complete abandonment of common sense.
The crux of the Fox News position is that the White House is simultaneously doing too much and not enough. If you’ve tuned in to the Murdoch network at any point over the past couple of months, you’ve probably seen the likes of Rudy Giuliani complaining that the Obama administration waited 50 days or so before offering any sort of response to the oil spill. America’s perpetually confused mayor was off by about 49 days — the Coast Guard was on the scene immediately and the president dispatched officials to the region the day after BP’s rig exploded. None of those easily verifiably facts were enough to stymie the conspiracy theory, articulated by Fox News’ Eric Bolling, that Obama “let it leak so he could renege on his promise to … allow some offshore drilling.”
Those Fox Newsers who were magnanimous enough to acknowledge that the White House was, in fact, responding to the disaster concocted a series of lies to claim that they were dragging their feet. Did the administration turn down foreign assistance for the clean up effort? Did the White House unreasonably delay the purchase of Maine oil booms? Did Obama dally in approving sand berm construction? The answer to each of these questions is “no,” but on Fox News they were presented as the absolute truth.
The flip side to the administration’s allegedly criminal neglect was their allegedly criminal efforts to hold BP accountable for the disaster. Echoing Rep. Joe Barton’s (R-TX) now-infamous apology to BP CEO Tony Hayward over the deal the administration struck with BP to establish a $20 billion escrow fund to pay for spill-related damages, Fox News personalities rushed to declare the fund a “shakedown” and a “stickup.” Others declared it was unconstitutional for the government to force BP to set up the account (even though BP volunteered to do it).
Indeed, BP has had no better friend than Fox News (no offense to Rep. Barton). Every move the administration has made to hold the oil company accountable has been met with derision from the conservative network. Glenn Beck likened the congressional hearings into the oil spill to the Salem witch trials and the McCarthy hearings. Fox Business host Stuart Varney claimed the administration is “demonizing” BP and trying to “seize its assets.”
The question that remains is: Why? Why would Fox News so vociferously and ardently defend BP when even Republicans were fighting to get in front of microphones to denounce Rep. Barton’s apology and the company’s approval rating is, quite literally, somewhere between O.J. Simpson and Saddam Hussein? It’s the same reason they attacked Obama when he sent 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, and the same reason they attacked him for asking that the country pray for the Gulf coast. It doesn’t matter what Obama does, Fox News will automatically gainsay it. It doesn’t matter if they make no sense, look foolish, or wildly contradict themselves — if Obama does it, it’s wrong. He could replace Teddy Roosevelt’s face on Mount Rushmore with Ronald Reagan’s and they’d attack him for desecrating an American landmark.
But such things are to be expected from the self-proclaimed “voice of opposition.”

Conservative media uses McChrystal controversy to label Obama “anti-American,” anti-military

The week’s big story came when Rolling Stone published an article quoting Gen. Stanley McChrystal and his aides making unflattering remarks about the Obama administration and its allies. The remarks not only relieved McChrystal of a job, it also gave the conservative media the opportunity to bash Obama as anti-military and dredge up old falsehoods.
Limbaugh, who said “what McChrystal has done here is not defensible,” wondered how people like McChrystal can serve under someone like “community organizer” Obama, who has an “open disdain” for the military. Limbaugh added that Obama hopes for military defeat.
Beck, who said McChrystal “probably should” be fired, proclaimed that “we’re intentionally having our troops very busy” and “break[ing] the spirit of our military.” Last weekend, Beck endorsed the idea of a “private army” taking charge of the war in Afghanistan, with Beck specifically claiming that there are “private individuals that could probably take care of things in Afghanistan better.”
Gretchen Carlson, meanwhile, twisted McChrystal’s interview to falsely suggest that Obama doesn’t support the Afghanistan effort. In Carlson’s view, the decision over whether to fire McChrystal was so heavy that it compares to her own duties hosting a cable TV morning show (much to Jon Stewart’s amusement).
Following Obama’s announcement that Gen. David Petraeus would replace McChrystal, the usual cast of characters went into Obama attack mode. Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, and Monica Crowley accused Obama of being thin-skinned. Hannity, Fox & Friends, Michelle Malkin and Clear Channel radio host Jim Quinn distorted comments Obama made during Senate hearings in 2007 to falsely accuse him of “chastising” and “excoriating” David Petraeus. Limbaugh falsely accused Obama of not voting to condemn a Gen. “Betray Us” ad from several years ago.
Finally, radio host Michael Savage said the “Marxist, backstabbing anti-American” Obama made “the worst decision” because he “replaced a fighter with a fainter.”

Only two months until Glenn Beck brings the civil rights movement “back to its conservative white roots”

This week, when Glenn Beck wasn’t busy smearing President Obama and George Soros with blatantly false and absurd conspiracy theories or devoting entire shows to defending Joe McCarthy’s legacy, he was promoting his upcoming 8-28 rally in Washington, D.C.
After Beck discovered that he accidentally scheduled the rally on the 60th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech, he saw a great opportunity to engage in his favorite pastime: delusional self-promotion.
According to Beck, his rally’s scheduling was “almost divine providence” because King’s legacy has been “corrupted.” As a result, Beck has repeatedly characterized his rally as a way to “reclaim the civil rights movement,” saying things like “we were the people that did it in the first place.” As usual, every Beck story needs a villain, and he has blamed the “distortion” of the civil rights movement on — you guessed it — “progressives.” As Stephen Colbert put it: “Finally, someone is bringing Martin Luther King’s movement back to its conservative white roots”
As reported by Media Matters’ Will Bunch, top U.S. civil rights leaders have accused Beck of “hijacking” King’s legacy, and have planned a counter-rally the same day as Beck’s.
According to Beck, his rally “will be remembered in American history as the turning point,” and “is going to be one for the history books,” because it will be seen in 100 or 200 years as the “moment America turned the corner.”
Based on the way Beck has promoted the rally, hopefully this “turning point” will be the moment everyone in the country stopped taking Beck seriously.

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Whales victory, whaling ban survives

June 25, 2010

Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2010 09:22:42 -0500
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Subject: Whales victory, whaling ban survives

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Dear Daniel,

We did it! Thanks to YOU, the Obama Administration kept its promise to save whales at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) talks. As a result, the IWC was unable to lift the ban on commercial whaling!

As I sat in a stuffy meeting room in Agadir, Morocco with delegates and representatives from other nations, I knew I wasn’t alone in working to help save the whales. I had more than 1.5 million passionate people, like YOU, with me there in spirit supporting the whales and standing up to tell the President that they deserve to be saved, not slaughtered.

While the gathering nations failed to implement new plans for whale conservation, I’m pleased that our President and his team stood their ground in the end, thanks to your efforts.

This year, the best we could do was preventing the IWC from rolling back protections for whales. Next year, we need to apply even more pressure so the IWC will close dangerous loopholes that have allowed Japan, Iceland, and Norway to continue killing whales.

Thank you for all your support. The whales are breathing a big sigh of relief!

For the whales,
Phil Kline
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Red Meat, from Debbie Wasserman Schultz

June 25, 2010

Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2010 10:03:53 -0400
From: dccc@dccc.org
Subject: Red Meat

Say NO to Sarah Palin

Daniel —

You need to hear this.

I just came from a critical strategy meeting at Democratic Party Headquarters. The number crunchers briefed me on exactly how much money we need to raise to counter the Republican Party’s “Fire Pelosi” campaign.

In short, we must raise $1 million before the critical June 30th FEC deadline to have a strong showing for House Democrats.

The pundits and others will use our midyear fundraising report to judge whether grassroots Democrats can stand toe-to-toe with the right-wing money machine. It is up to you…we simply cannot afford to fall short.

We are just $168,409 short of our goal. Contribute $35, $50 or more today to support House Democrats and counter the vicious “Fire Pelosi” campaign. Meeting this goal is so urgent that a group of committed Democrats will match your contribution dollar-for-dollar.

Stand up to Sarah Palin

We can do this if we all stand together and make a difference. More than 75% of the money House Democrats raise comes from individual Democrats like you.

Republicans are working feverishly to raise money from their corporate fat cats: Big Oil, Wall Street banks and the other special interests that will be back in the driver’s seat if the GOP regains the majority this November.

Republicans are also well on their way to reaching their $20 million goal for their Battleground Fund.
In fact, Republicans and their special interest supporters, with guidance from Karl Rove, have already raised and spent more money demonizing Democrats and spreading fear, lies and half-truths than they did at this same point in the 2008 campaign.

That’s why I’m counting on you to help Democrats reach our $1 million goal today. Please contribute $35, $50 or more to our Million Dollar matching gift campaign and help House Democrats beat back the extremists who want to turn the clock back to the good old days of massive unemployment and financial ruin.

Thank you,

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

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PIXELS by Patrick JEAN

June 24, 2010
PIXELS by Patrick JEAN http://bit.ly/9Lq9Az {} Pretty cool! 

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From President Obama: The Most Important Job

June 20, 2010

Subject: The Most Important Job
Date: Sun, 20 Jun 2010 13:13:43 -0500
From: president@messages.whitehouse.gov

The White House, Washington
  Good afternoon,
As the father of two young daughters, I know that being a father is one of the most important jobs any man can have.
My own father left my family when I was two years old. I was raised by a heroic mother and wonderful grandparents who provided the support, discipline and love that helped me get to where I am today, but I still felt the weight of that absence throughout my childhood. It’s something that leaves a hole no government can fill. Studies show that children who grow up without their fathers around are more likely to drop out of high school, go to jail, or become teen fathers themselves.
And while no government program can fill the role that fathers play for our children, what we can do is try to support fathers who are willing to step up and fulfill their responsibilities as parents, partners and providers. That’s why last year I started a nationwide dialogue on fatherhood to tackle the challenge of father absence head on.
In Chicago, the Department of Health and Human Services held a forum with community leaders, fatherhood experts and everyday dads to discuss the importance of responsible fatherhood support programs. In New Hampshire, Secretary of Education Duncan explored the linkages between father absence and educational attainment in children. In Atlanta, Attorney General Holder spoke with fathers in the criminal justice system about ways local reentry organizations, domestic violence groups and fatherhood programs can join together to support ex-offenders and incarcerated individuals who want to be closer to their families and children.
Now we’re taking this to the next level. Tomorrow, I’ll make an announcement about the next phase of our efforts to help fathers fulfill their responsibilities as parents — The President’s Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative. You can learn more at www.fatherhood.gov.
This Father’s Day — I’m thankful for the opportunity to be a dad to two wonderful daughters. And I’m thankful for all the wonderful fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers and friends who are doing their best to make a difference in the lives of a child.
Happy Father’s Day.
Sincerely,
President Barack Obama

 
 

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1 Man, 10 Stories, 100 Feet: Tallest Treehouse in the World

June 20, 2010
1 Man, 10 Stories, 100 Feet: Tallest Treehouse in the World

giant tree house

It looks downright dangerous … yet its creator claims it is divinely inspired by a vision he received in which he was told to begin

building

 a tree house for which he would never run out of materials. 15 years, 10,000 square feet and 250,000 nails and a lot of scrap wood later, this amazing structure towers up over the very trees that support it.

giant handmade tree house

Known as the Minister’s Treehouse (out of deference to creator Horace Burgess, de facto pastor of the forest) trange features of this phenomenal structure include: a third-floor basketball-court-and-sanctuary 

combination

, a half-ton chime at the very top of the buildingon top of a penthouse suite Burgess built for his wife as an anniversary present.

giant rustic tree home

The structure itself seems to fluctuate between highly organized, regular and planned to completely haphazard, chaotic and unstable. Perhaps as weird and wonderful as anything else this unique buildinghas to offer: essentially the entire tree house is open to the public, provided they obey simple no-smoking rules and respect the structure of course (additional images via Baking with Medusa)

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